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Time for a statue to Luke Kelly-Sandra McLellan TD

30 January, 2014 - by Sandra McLellan TD


Sinn Féin's Spokesperson on Arts, Heritage, Sports & Tourism, Sandra McLellan TD, has today urged Dublin City Council to commemorate Luke Kelly with a statue in the new Parnell Square cultural quarter.

McLellan said:

"Today marks the 30th anniversary of Luke Kelly's death. He was on of Ireland's best loved singers. His songs captured the mood of a generation.

"I would ask that Dublin City Council consider including a statue in Luke's honour as part of the plans to refurbish Parnell Square. I think it would be appropriate to include a statue in the heart of the city to honour this famous son of Dublin.

"For many people he was a true Dub. Born in Lattimore Cottages, Sheriff Street in Dublin's north inner city, he wrote and sang songs that reflected and celebrated working class life. Despite his fame his heart never strayed from Dublin. He never lost his roots.

"He was the founding member of The Dubliners - a band that went on to be loved by millions worldwide. He was both a singer and a campaigner. He lent his voice to many protest meetings and campaigns. He lifted the spirits of many a crowd, particularly during the early anti internment rallies and Civil Rights meetings.

"It would be very fitting if Dublin City Council were to agree at their forthcoming meeting on Monday to erect a statue in Parnell Square."

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